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Feb 2, 2018 | By Troy Carter

Defense labs win 13 awards for helping businesses develop technology

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The Federal Laboratory Consortium announced Friday that Dr. Philip Perconti won the 2018 Laboratory Director of the Year award for his leadership of the Army Research Laboratory. (Jhi Scott/Army)

The Department of Defense this year will receive a baker’s dozen of awards for helping businesses develop new products and services with inventions created in its laboratories.

On Friday, the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer announced the winners of its 2018 awards (listed below), with defense labs earning 13 of 30 trophies, including the laboratory director of the year, which was awarded to Dr. Phillip Perconti, head of the Army Research Laboratory.

Labs from nine other federal agencies will also receive awards on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the FLC National Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary, helps businesses and entrepreneurs to find and license technology invented in defense laboratories.

“These are hard-earned awards that recognize the role of tech transfer in the labs and the advancements in science and technology supporting the warfighter and the national economy,” said Chandra Morris, TechLink’s communications director. “Congratulations to all the winners.”

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AWARD

Department of Agriculture

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Area
“Purification and Recycling Wastewater in Space and Decentralized Wastewater Systems”

Department of Defense

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
“Endoscopy Training Platform”

Department of Defense – Army

Army Research Laboratory
Rate Activated Tethers (RATs)

Department of Defense – Navy

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Naval Research Laboratory
MODD – Mixed Odor Delivery Device

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division
“Amorphous Bubble Bonding”

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division
“Dahlgren Decontamination Formulation”

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division
“Combat Diver Navigation Module”

Department of Defense – Air Force

Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate
Android-based Team Awareness Kit – ATAK

Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate (2)
High Strain Composites for Spacecraft Deployable Structures
“Oscillating Heat Pipes (OHPs) for High Power Electronics Thermal Management”

Air Force Research Laboratory, Systems Directorate
“Green Propellant” 

Department of Energy

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (4)
“Innovative Oven for Faster, Less Energy-Intensive Carbon Fiber Manufacturing”

“Licensing ORNL’s High-Performance, Low-Cost Alloys to Eck Industries”

“ORNL’s Co-Development and Licensing of Large Additive Area Manufacturing Technologies”

“ORNL Secures Four Licenses for Low-Cost Carbon Fiber Technology”

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (3)
“Transfer of PNNL’s Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System to STC”

“Transfer of PNNL’s Structures for Lossless Ion Manipulations to MOBILion”

“Transfer of PNNL Suite of Cybersecurity Solutions to Cynash, Inc.”

Sandia National Laboratories
“Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Conservation and Temperature Regulation”

Department of Health and Human Services

National Cancer Institute (3)
“Avelumab, New Therapy for Metastatic Merkel Cell and Urothelial Carcinomas”

“Development of Large Scale Production, Anti-HIV Microbicide in Soya Beans”

“FDA Approval: Personalized Cancer Treatment to Cure Deadly Blood Cancers”

INTERAGENCY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
“Zika Virus Specimen and Material Sharing”

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Environmental Protection Agency, National Interagency Fire Center, Bureau of Land Management, National Weather Service, University of Arizona
“AGWA Streamlines Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) Efforts”

STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD

NASA Johnson Space Center, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston First – “Houston Launch and Sustained Growth of SpaceCom and Spaceport Summit”

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AWARD

Sandia National Laboratories – “Successful Collaboration Accelerates Testing of New Blade Designs”

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Jason Craley, Army Research Laboratory

OUTSTANDING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Michelle Miedzinski, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division

Rick Tarr, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division

LABORATORY DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dr. Philip Perconti, Army Research Laboratory

HAROLD METCALF AWARD

Mojdeh Bahar, USDA Agricultural Research Service